Friday, February 23, 2018

The Mission for Soft (Power) Skills Development

Picture a rocket ship catapulting into space – this is what we envision for our business students as they advance in their professional careers. Many of these students are returning adults who are already working in full-time positions and are looking to get promoted or transition into other career paths.

In order to assist our business students with achieving their career goals, at Peirce College, we equip them with academic knowledge in management, accounting, economics, marketing, ethics, and statistics, but is this enough to move through an organization or through the stratosphere of their chosen profession? The honest answer is: no.

According to senior business leaders and human resource professionals such as Sarah Fister Gale and Christine Ottow, employees with the greatest soft skills, or as we call them at Peirce, power skills, will drive business results and advance into leadership roles. Some of these skills include: professionalism, interpersonal skills, problem solving, adaptability, and personal value commitment.

With this in mind, the business division faculty at Peirce College took on the mission to support the soft skills development of our students as a critical endeavor. Instead of solely including information about these skills in class, we chose to also create engaging and interactive opportunities outside of the classroom for students to participate in.

Over the past three years, we held annual conferences featuring local business leaders from a variety of industries covering topics on professionalism, emotional intelligence, networking, office politics, working in teams, and dealing with change. We’ve even offered a golf etiquette opportunity where students learned how to strengthen work relationships over the game of golf! Additionally, we also distributed career development books to students to continue furthering their education beyond the classroom walls; for example, The Start Up You and The Mindset: The Psychology of Success. All of these opportunities resulted in positive outcomes for our students such as professional growth and development and the fostering of relationships with our experienced faculty.

We are passionate about achieving our mission of equipping students with academic credentials and soft skills development, so our students EXPLODE through their career universe.

And we aren’t done yet! On Tuesday, April 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., we are bringing some top industry leaders to campus for the next Professional Business Series event - The Power of Grit: Building Resilience in Changing Times. You won’t want to miss out on hearing from these talented and successful individuals:

- Dr. Mike Brenner, President of Right Chord Leadership, LLC, International Consultant, Jazz Musician
- Ms. Caridad Diego, Esq., National Contracts Manager at Comcast Corporation
- Ms. Janet Taylor, President of Totally Organized, LLC, Entrepreneur, Peirce Alum 86’

As an additional bonus, the first thirty students to register will receive the book, GRIT: The Power of Passion & Perseverance.

There’s no time to wait, register now for our upcoming Professional Enrichment Series event here.